Written by Tomas Meskauskas on (updated)
What is BrowseSuggest?
BrowseSuggest is an adware-type application that claims to enhance the web browsing experience by improving Internet searches, displaying coupons, comparison shopping, and providing other similar features to save time and money when shopping online.
These false claims often trick users to install, however, be aware that BrowseSuggest is classed as a potentially unwanted program (PUP). As well as stealth installation without users' consent, BrowseSuggest tracks users' web browsing activity and generates intrusive online advertisements.
This PUP continually monitors users' web browsing activity and gathers various information such as IP addresses, operating system, websites visited, pages viewed, search queries, language, and geo-location. This information might seem insignificant, however, it can include personally identifiable details that the developers of BrowseSuggest with third parties.
There is a high probability that this private information will be misused to generate revenue. Therefore, information tracking can lead to serious privacy issues or even identity theft. BrowseSuggest also generates intrusive content-concealing advertisements. By overlaying visited website content, these ads significantly diminish the web browsing experience.
In addition, some redirect to malicious websites - clicking them is risky and might cause further adware or malware infections. For the above reasons, BrowseSuggest adware should be uninstalled immediately.
Adware-type programs often have similar characteristics. There are hundreds of other PUPs virtually identical to BrowseSuggest including Trezaa, TopFlix, and TrailerWatch.
Note that all adware promises to improve the Internet browsing experience by providing certain features, however, these false claims are merely attempts to give the impression of legitimate software. In fact, adware-type programs are designed only to generate revenue for the developers.
Rather than providing any significant value for users, BrowseSuggest, and other similar applications, simply collect personally identifiable information and track users' web browsing activity.
How did BrowseSuggest install on my computer?
BrowseSuggest is distributed as a bundle with other applications. Developers know that many users do not express enough caution during the download and installation processes. For this reason, hiding bundled software within the 'Custom/Advanced' download/installation settings is very effective. Users often skip this section, thereby exposing their systems to risk of infection.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Most PUPs are distributed using the 'bundling' method. Therefore, it is very important to analyze each step of the software download and installation processes. Select the 'Custom' or 'Advanced' settings and opt-out of all additionally-included programs.
Deceptive free software installers distributing BrowseSuggest adware:
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- What is BrowseSuggest?
- STEP 1. Uninstall BrowseSuggest application using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove BrowseSuggest adware from Internet Explorer.
- STEP 3. Remove BrowseSuggest ads from Google Chrome.
- STEP 4. Remove 'Ads by BrowseSuggest' from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 5. Remove BrowseSuggest ads from Safari.
- STEP 6. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
BrowseSuggest adware removal:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for "BrowseSuggest", select this entry and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted program that causes BrowseSuggest ads, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove BrowseSuggest adware from Internet browsers:
At time of research, BrowseSuggest did not install its browser plug-ins on Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox, however, it was bundled with other adware. Therefore, you are advised to remove all potentially unwanted browser add-ons from your Internet browsers.
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the browsesuggest ads, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "Tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons, select these entries and click the trash can icon.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the browsesuggest ads, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click "Extensions", in the opened window, remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with browsesuggest ads removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the browsesuggest ads, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Commonly, adware or potentially unwanted applications infiltrate Internet browsers through free software downloads. Note that the safest source for downloading free software is via developers' websites only. To avoid installation of adware, be very attentive when downloading and installing free software. When installing previously-downloaded free programs, choose the custom or advanced installation options – this step will reveal any potentially unwanted applications listed for installation together with your chosen free program.
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